Tehran's police chief said there would be a national crackdown on women who have been deemed to be violating the spirit of Islamic laws. "In some areas we can see many suntanned women who look like walking mannequins. We are not going to tolerate this situation and will first warn those found in this manner and then arrest and imprison them."
Vice is sweeping the streets of the capital of Iran. National law orders that women wear headscarves and shape shrouding cloaks but many women, particularly in the capital, skimp a bit here and there, and manage to sneak a little vitamin D, making them look like pure sin on legs.
The announcement came shortly after Ayatollah Kazim Sadighi, a leading cleric, warned that women who dressed immodestly disturbed young men and the agitation from that caused earthquakes.
Another preacher warned Tehran's citizens to flee before the inevitable punishment for flagrant behaviour was visited on the city.
"Go on the streets and repent for your sins," Ayatollah Aziz Khoshvaqt, one of the country's highest clerics, told worshippers during a recent sermon in northern Tehran. "A holy torment is upon us. Leave town."